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The colony of St. Lucia began using stamps in 1858, when it was mandated that all mail leaving the island had affixed stamps.So in 1858, 50 pounds in face value stamps were dispatched to the island. Three denominations were shipped in that shipment, 1p, 4p, and 6p. This was thought to be about a 2 months supply.On April 16, 1858 a canceller was sent to the colony. It bore the identification A11. It’s first recorded use was August 28, 1858.

  • The first issue of stamps made specifically for St. Lucia were printed by Perkins Bacon Ltd using a line engraved process in 1860.

  • To save money for the colony only 1 plate was made, and the denomination differentiated by colors only.

  • It is written that this was a cost savings measure only, but since fewer than 200 people on the island could read or write it has been implied by some that this also may have factored into the decision to differentiate by color.

  • The die for the first issues was completed on 10/16/1860. The head of Queen Victoria was engraved by CH Jeens in May of 1860, for use on the 9 pence stamp for South Australia. Jeens was paid 2 £, 12s, 6p for the drawing, and 9 £, 9s for the engraving.

  • That engraving was placed in a vertical oval large enough for the head, surrounded by a plain band with the words St. Lucia and Postage, and an engraved back round in the corners.

  • This design was considered by many as one of Perkins and Bacons most elegant.

  • The first issue was printed in three colors on paper watermarked with a small star. The paper was produced by Rush Mills in Northampton. Also the watermark on the edges of the paper had the word Postage repeated around the edge of the sheet.

  • The 1 p is red, the 4 p is Blue, and the 6p is green.

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Stamps with perforations clear on all sides free of the design are extremely rare.

This example has perforations clear of the design on all sides.

Scott #2

  • The first issue was shipped by island packet on November 17, 1860

  • They were placed on sale December 18, 1860

  • Number of stamps printed by denominations were:

    36 sheets of the 1p RED (8640 stamps)

    13 sheets of the 4p BLUE (3120 stamps)

    17 Sheets of the 6p GREEN (4080 Stamps)

  • The final plates were of 240 stamps per sheet

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Scott #11-14

  • In 1881 stamps were surcharged with denominations. The first was a half pence in green, and 2 and a half pence in scarlet. Perforated 14.

  • In 1883 five additional stamps were prepared with surcharged denominations on new paper, which had the Crown and CA watermark. These were also perforated 14.

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A total of 40 stamps were issued under Queen Victoria’s reign for the colony of St. Lucia, all of which carried her portrait.

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